Friday, April 19, 2013

A Week in Courage

Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
This is the end of Devil Week as written in history -  on the positive side, this is a week in courage.  As always, there were people running into the face of danger, not away.  They had no idea what danger still existed, but they ran to the injured anyway.  They investigated the scenes of bombing and fires not knowing if there were other unseen dangers.  They volunteer to offer comfort and support. Happy-faced Golden Retriever was waiting at the runners' bag pickup area on Tuesday. He's one of many therapy dogs with their owners, who are providing safety and comfort to those affected by the tragedy.
When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger.  ~Mark Rutherford
"Jeff Bauman was still in intensive care, heavily sedated after surgery because of inuries at Boston Marathron, but he had something he desperately needed to tell his brother. “He woke up under so much drugs, asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right at me,’”

 Joe Berti, 43, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the first bomb exploded. Berti wasn't injured.  On Wednesday night, Joe was driving home near Waco, Texas, when he saw — and felt — the West fertilizer plant explosion.

And so the brave continued to looked for the cowards who caused suffering and ran away. "Coward:  One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs."  ~Ambrose Bierce Yes, the cowards ran, but not fast or far enough. The cowards' end came as they lay in the dirt. If you hurt or threaten us, there is no place in the world for you to hide.